A hardcore cadre of Garo rebel group Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) was killed in a gun battle in Goalpara district along Assam-Meghalaya border on Thursday, police said.
Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of army and police launched a search operation at Bamuni Panikhowa area under Krishnai police station in the district along Assam-Meghalaya border.
“A four member armed group of Garo rebels fired on the security personnel and bullets were exchanged, in which a GNLA cadre was killed on spot,” a top police official said.
Security forces recovered one 7.65 mm pistol, five rounds of live ammunition in possession of the slain militant.
Top police and army officials rushed to the spot and launched a search operation to nab the militants.
The Garo rebel group and Paresh Baruah alias Paresh Asom led ULFA had recently set up at least eight camps along the Assam-Meghalaya and Meghalaya-Bangladesh border.
On November 15, security forces recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition belonging to the Garo rebel group in Guwahati which were procured from Dimapur of Nagaland.
Security forces arrested seven people including two GNLA cadres and two arms dealers with the seizing arms and ammunition.
A top official of Assam police said GNLA procured the arms from Myanmar with the help of NSCN (IM).
Assam police had sounded a high alert across the state ahead of the ULFA protest day on November 28.